Charleston gets new Reserve Combat Camera Squadron

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  • By Maj. Wayne Capps
  • 315th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
The 4th Combat Camera Squadron and its Airmen found a new home this weekend with the 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston.

The 4th CTCS, which was formally assigned to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif., deactivated in July 2015, but was reactivated and relocated to the 315 AW due to mission need.

“The support here at Charleston has been great,” said Maj. Hamilton Underwood, 4th CTCS commander. “Standing up a new squadron is a big task and our people are excited to get to know the base and the community.”

With a mission to document war fighting, aid in decision making, information operations and to aid the Air Force’s public affairs mission, the squadron held it’s first training assembly in December, bringing former unit members from across the county to the Holy City.

The new Reserve unit will be housed alongside the active duty’s 1st Combat Camera Squadron, creating an association that will contain almost 50 new positions along with three full-time opportunities.

Kicking off the squadron’s first training assembly, Lt. Col. John Robinson, the 315th Operations Group commander, addressed the unit, laying out his vision, outlining expectations and welcoming them to the 315 AW.

“I have worked with combat camera for years and I never knew the extent of what you all do,” Robinson said. “It is so impressive and we are excited to have you as part of our team.”

According to Underwood, the unit will not be officially stood up until after the first of the year but started their training this month.

“We are ready to get started and hope to be participating in exercises and deployments in the coming year,” he said.

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